From Publishers Weekly
In an amalgam of travel and reminiscence, playwright Mamet ( Glengarry Glen Ross ) recalls salient points about growing up in Chicago: his physically abusive stepfather, a YMCA summer camp, riding the El and a popular radio station that filtered the city's heady mix of populist and intellectual cultural strands. In other essays he waxes nostalgic about Manhattan's Chelsea district, where he struggled as a writer in his late 20s, and contrasts "playing proletariat" in 1960s Greenwich Village with his placid life in a renovated row house in Boston's South End where he and his wife enjoy "our own two-person Bloomsbury salon." Other pieces deal with Mamet's Vermont cabin, rifle practice, taking golf lessons in Scotland, a bemused trip to the Cannes Film Festival, inhaling asbestos on a factory job and a hop through various London districts by way of their tea shoppes. If Mamet's clean, spare prose here lacks the vernacular bite of his previous essay collections, it is nonetheless pleasurable.
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"Enormous powers of observation...he has an ear for language."
-- LA Weekly
"A very worthwhile collection...Mamet walks a line between provocation and enticement, and its precariousness almost always compels attention."
"A delight...there is a lean, masculine quality to his essays."
-- Baltimore SunFrom the Trade Paperback edition.